The YOU Foundation– Education for Children in Need  is an initiative founded by Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven, a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. Dr. h.c. Ohoven promotes education for the poorest of the poor worldwide. The foundation and its founder follow the mission and values of  UNESCO´s 2030 education agenda. The focus is on the  United Nation´s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as “Global Goals.” 

In addition to the sustainable use of resources, special emphasis is placed on three areas; “High Quality Education”, “Gender Equality”, food security, agriculture in a changing climate, Resource and climate protection, resilience projects, clean water and human rights. These goals are realized through pilot and custom-tailored CSR projects.

In order to minimize the causes of economic, hunger or climate-related flight as much as possible, the YOU Foundation offers in particular qualitative and inclusive education, training and empowerment programs on site and trains young people and mothers for income-generating activities to promote opportunities. Concrete help for self-help is our omnipresent goal.

The name of the foundation originally was born a call for action by Mother Theresa in a meeting with Ute Ohoven: “It’s about YOU“ – an appeal to engage in charitable work helping the needy and disadavantaged – serving as a guiding principle of the foundation up to this day.

You must do !

You can do !

You will take care of the children!

You will have the strength!

You will always stand up for the needy ones!

You will provide future to the children!

…and now it’s about You !

Development work and its requirements have changed drastically during recent years. Today, social investments generating a social dividends are widely seen as having the best chance to positively impact our globalised world. We emphasize pilot and tailor-made enterprise (CSR-)projects that follow our YOU-Win-3-Factor approach: generating measurable benefit for the beneficiaries, their countries and the donors/sponsors.
Middle- and South America

The Essence

The YOU Foundation – Education for Children in Need emerged from the UNESCO foundation. The program Education for Children in Need was conceived 1992 in Paris by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven, the German UNESCO Kommission and the UNESCO headquarter. The Foundation Education for Children in Need was established in 2002.

Since its inception, the foundation realized more than 800 projects in 103 countries, opening the door to a better future for children, adolescents and mothers primarily by giving them access to education and vocational training.

Our Promise

  • Global project work
  • Social investment aimed at measurable added value
  • More than 35 years of experience and know-how in social work through our founder
  • More than 800 projects and programs in 103 countries
  • More than 2.5 million beneficiary children, young people and mothers
  • Transparent processing and management of social engagements
  • Competent, international and professional worldwide partner teams
  • Decades of experience
  • Complete project development and handling
  • Experienced and reliable local partners supervise project implementation


The foundation is exclusively financed by donations. All donations are solely used for project work. The foundation finances its activities through donations and through receipts from the foundation´s endowment.  At the beginning of each financial year, the foundation creates a budget serving as the basis for the administration of all receipts and expenses.

Legal Structure

It is a foundation with legal capacity under civil law. Your funds may only be used for statutory purposes. As a corporation that exclusively and directly promotes charitable purposes that correspond to the purposes of the statutes, the YOU Foundation is entitled to issue donation receipts (You Foundation's notice of exemption).

Help Now

We use your donation directly where help is most urgently needed.

The YOU Foundation – Education for Children in Need, an initiative of UNESCO Special Envoy Dr. h.c. Ute-Henriette Ohoven, is committed to education for the poorest of the poor worldwide.



YOU Foundation – Education for Children in Need
Grafenberger Allee 87
40237 Düsseldorf, Germany


We use your donation directly where help is most urgently needed.

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